Closing Time

I don’t have patience for the closer role.  I don’t like the idea of using the same guy time and time again just because it’s a save opportunity.  Last night in Seattle Trevor Rosenthal blew another save, the third time in seven games.  Overall he’s 14 for 17 in save opportunities, but that doesn’t mean he’s pitching well.  He came close to blown saves in Chicago earlier in the week, but managed to escape both opportunities with a save.  His ERA this month is 14.14, which is obviously a problem when your job is to get three outs and maintain the lead of no more than three runs.   Carlos Martinez pitched a solid seven innings, only allowing one run.  It was the 13th consecutive quality start from the starting rotation.

Rosenthal had 48 saves last season, contributing to the team’s 100-win season.  It could be that he gassed.  He needs to be moved out of the 9th inning role at least until he gets the rest he needs or his mechanics get
figured out.  In the meantime, Seung-hwan Oh, who has experience as a closer in Korea and Japan, and Kevin Siegrist can take over in the 9th, when necessary.


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